|is there a market for GM potatoes?|
the news are very interesting and exciting!
BASF stops seeking approval for GM potatoes
politicians try to prioritise talks...
in the mean time, we need to stay alert... and remember these findings...
In the nineties, I was studying and then teaching in the University of Leeds and those years were full of the “mad cow disease” scandal and the (still) ongoing debate on GM foods. Both the scientific community and the Society at large now know that by pressing the land or the animals to produce more, we are causing many undesired side effects.
The most comprehensive worldwide study to date on the safety of GMOs was completed in UK in 2005 by the Royal Society. The study of winter oil rapeseed, one of Britain’s biggest crops, concluded that wildlife and the environment would suffer if the GM crop was grown in the UK. In this study, the effects of GM and non-GM crops on bees, butterflies, bugs, weeds and other farmland wildlife in two farming regimes were assessed. Large fields were planted half with GM and half with conventional crops and the results compared. The main finding was that broadleaf weeds, such as chickweed, on which birds rely heavily for food, were far less numerous in GM fields than conventional fields. Some of the grass weeds were more numerous, although this had less direct benefit for wildlife and affected the quality of the crops. These results made it clear that it is not the GM crops that harm wildlife but the herbicide sprayed on them.
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